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Finding your voice as an author

You may have heard this before: You need to find your voice as an author.

But what does this mean, and why is it so important to "find a voice?"

A voice is essentially your personal style. Like many painters, they can all paint the same image, but it looks different because each have a unique style. It is the same with writing.

As an author, what does your style like? Sound like? Do you write short, concise sentences? Intense, dark, and deep? Or do you write long flowery sentences that flow and feel reminiscent of literature in the 1800's? You voice can be funny, serious, dramatic, snarky, poetic, or even sad.

The best way to figure out your voice is to try to use the voice that is already inside your head. What do you sound like in your thoughts?

Once you have discovered what this voice sounds like, next, try to decide whether you want this voice to be in first or third person.

I am cold and hungry

She was cold and hungry

Which one of these has a greater impact on you. Which narration has the best impact on the story you want to tell.

If you are having trouble finding your voice, maybe look to some of your favorite books. How did they write? Do you feel comfortable in writing a similar style to them.

Now, if you are really brave and looking to stretch yourself, you can try a voice that is unfamiliar, opposite of your own. Or you can try creating a voice of someone you know personally. Sometimes this can be fun trying to get inside of their head.

I have learned over the years that people tend to like one of two things, a style that they are familiar with or a style that is shockingly different with still a hint of familiarity.

Find a voice that works and them put your own shocking spin into it.

Overall, if you are looking to find your voice, try to see what feels the most natural, which one gets you the most excited, or which one helps you tell the best story or article.



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